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Teachers can plan a role in school-place bullying — often without realizing it.

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We’re willing to wager most teachers don’t pursue their careers to abuse their power. In fact, most are likely inspired by altruism to enter a field not known for high pay or prestige. And most teachers are positive influences.

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In this series, we’ve looked at bullying in schools. We’ve mostly focused on students who are bullied or who bully others, but research and interviews show educators and other adults often are relentlessly harassed by students, parents or other staff.

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A lot of us tend to have very heated reactions to instances of bullying. Part of that probably is because of the fundamental injustice typically involved in it; the strong intimidating the weak, the many tormenting the one, the ins ridiculing and shunning the outs.

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Two things have become increasingly clear in the months since our reporting staff set out to explore the prevalence and consequences of bullying in schools and elsewhere.

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Bullying has always been around. So it’s easy for the older generation, looking back on school days, to dismiss the problem as a rite of passage and a normal part of life. Children will be children. And sometimes children can be exceptionally cruel, they argue.

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Three young Galveston County residents — with so much ahead of them — took their own lives after being bullied by peers and people they knew. This series — Bullied to the Brink — is about problems and possible solutions to what experts call a crisis.

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When alarm clocks go off Monday morning, you can rest assured a lot of children and teenagers will wake up afraid to go to school. They dread being verbally or physically tormented by a classmate or classmates. Or they worry about being excluded and shunned.

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This is an occasional series on issues facing the evolving workforce in Galveston County.

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More than half of American teenagers are reporting their level of stress is rivaling adults. Every Sunday in April, The Daily News will examine a different aspect of current issues facing teens and their parents.

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At about 1:20 p.m. on March 23, 2005 an overflow of highly flammable material shot from a sub-unit at BP’s Texas City refinery’s isomerization unit and was ignited by a truck’s idling diesel engine. That set off a cascade of explosions that leveled nearby office trailers killing 15 people an…

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This five-part series explores the issue of police department staffing in Galveston, which contains important civic questions about whether the city is doing right by its residents, its police employees, its other employees and its own future when it comes to public safety spending.